We appreciate your interest in presenting at the CoSN 2018 Annual Conference, to be held on March 12-15, 2018 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC!  Please review the instructions below carefully prior to submitting your proposal to present.  If at anytime you require assistance or have a question, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Pettigrew at
The deadline for submitting your proposal to present is Friday, July 21, 2017.  

Exponential Change - Designing Learning in the 4th Industrial Revolution

We are living during a time of unprecedented and rapid change. New technologies like artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and robotics are emerging with the potential for having a transformative impact on industry, the economy and society as a whole.   Our physical and digital worlds are fusing, resulting in breakthroughs that were only imagined in the past. The speed and scope of this technological transformation is exponential with the potential for unlimited possibilities and endless opportunities. What are the implications for schools, educators and students?  How do we provide leadership in a time of rapid change?  The CoSN 2018 Annual Conference will dive deeply into the issues as we seek answers to these questions and design learning in the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

Monday, March 12, 2018
PreConference Workshops – Opening General Session – @InnovationCentral Opening Reception

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Breakout Sessions – State of CoSN General Session – CTO Forum – @InnovationCentral – Monumental Impact: Advocacy Dinner & Auction

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Breakout Sessions – @InnovationCentral –Closing General Session

Thursday, March 15, 2018
District Site Visit, Education Technology Advocacy and Policy Summit

All sessions must address two skills included in the CoSN Framework of Essential Skills.
Please indicate on your submission the primary and secondary skills that apply to your presentation
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Business Management
Manage the budget and serve as a strong business leader who guides purchasing decisions, determines the return on investment for all technology implementations, and fosters good relationships with vendors, potential funders, and other key groups.

Communication Systems Management
Use technology to improve communication, directing and coordinating the use of email, district websites, web tools, voice mail systems, and other forms of communication to facilitate decision making and to enhance effective communication with key stakeholders.

Data Management
Manage the establishment and maintenance of systems and tools for gathering, mining, integrating, and reporting data in usable and meaningful ways to produce an information culture in which data management is critical to strategic planning.

Ethics and Policies
Manage the creation, implementation, and enforcement of policies and educational programs relating to the social, legal, and ethical issues related to technology use throughout the district and modeling responsible decision-making.

Information Technology Management
Direct, coordinate, and ensure implementation of all tasks related to technical, infrastructure, standards, and integration of technology into every facet of district operations.

Instructional Focus & Professional Development
Budget, plan, and coordinate ongoing, purposeful professional development for all staff using technologies; ensure a sufficient budget through the implementation and assessment process of emerging technologies.

Leadership and Vision
Work closely with the executive team and stakeholders to develop a shared vision with long term, big picture perspectives on district goals to plan for meaningful and effective uses of technology; provide leadership when creating a vision of how technology will help meet district goals.

Stakeholder Focus
Build relationships with all stakeholders, taking a close look at how the district determines requirements, expectations, and preferences. Understand the key factors that lead to stakeholder satisfaction, focusing on how the district seeks knowledge, satisfaction, and loyalty of students and other stakeholders.

Strategic Planning
Have a high-level view across the school system and work with instructional and technical teams to identify steps needed to transform the technology vision into a long range plan, complete with specific goals, objectives, and action plans.

Team Building and Staffing
Play an integral role in the district’s strategic planning process; create and support cross functional teams for decision-making,
technology support, professional development, and other aspects of the district’s technology program.

All sessions must tie to one of the following conference focus areas.
Please indicate on your submission the focus area that applies to your presentation.

Ubiquity and Access: How do we ensure that all learners can truly be “continuously connected” both in school and outside?
• What new strategies can we adopt to help ensure equity through technology access in our schools?
• How do we ensure broadband connectivity for learning that bridges learning at school and beyond?
• What are the strategies that can be employed to extend connected learning in low access areas and nonconnected homes?
• How do we find the funding needed to be continuously connected?
• What access is required for learning (education broadband) and what should be left to families or the community (noneducation
broadband use, i.e. consumer use)?

Vision & Leadership: How do we as leaders cope with complexity of constant connectivity as the new norm?
• How can we build a district culture with the flexibility and vision to successfully accomplish the digital leap?
• What models of professional development can help us meet new demands?
• How do our schools remain relevant and support learning with minimized barriers?
• How does the shift toward online and hybrid learning impact the evolution of education?
• How should we leverage technology to personalize learning?
• How can schools partner with noneducational
entities in their community to gain the momentum to minimize barriers to eLearning for all students?

Pioneering Innovation: How do we create educational ecosystems for continual improvement?
• What are structures can help prevent silos in your district’s leadership and promote a spirit of coordination for your move away from analog to more digital learning?
• How can technology enable the learning by doing maker movement?
• How do we ignite a Renaissance for learning that is multidisciplinary and allows the learner to pursue their passions?

All sessions must identify the target audience(s) that best fits your submission.
• School System Administrators
• Ed Tech Leaders
• Policy Makers
• Non-Profit Organizations
• Parents, Community and Business Leaders

CoSN is accepting the following type of submissions at this time.
• Concurrent Session - 60 Minutes
• Concurrent Session - 30 Minutes
• Pre/Post Conference Half-day Workshop 3 Hours
• Pre/Post Conference Full-day Workshop 6 Hours
• Sponsored Session 30 Minutes (require signed sponsorship agreement)

*Sessions submitted by corporate members or nonmembers will not be accepted without a signed sponsorship agreement. 
* Limit of two proposal submissions per individual.

Information Needed to Submit a Proposal
The information gathered during this process will be used to prepare the printed program, website, and mobile app. Please be sure that the information you provide is complete and accurate.
• Title of session (10 word maximum) (may be edited for publication)
• Session description (150 words maximum) (may be edited for publication)
• Presenter contact information
• Presenter bio (150 words maximum)
• Presenter headshot for use on the website/app
• If submitting on behalf of the speaker you will be given opportunity to include your contact information and will receive a copy of all communication sent.

Presenter Responsibilities
• All presenters must be paid registrants of the conference.
• AV Equipment: CoSN requires all presenters to supply their own computers, laptop or tablets for their session to present. If using an Apple device or tablet, presenters need to provide the appropriate projector connection (dongle).
• Presentation Materials: Part of effective professional development is providing meaningful presentation materials and online resources that allow the participants to further their learning. It is expected that presenters provide electronic presentation materials, handouts and/or follow-up materials for our event participants before, during, or after the event.
• Workshop presenters are expected to develop effective hands on activities to ensure that workshop attendees receive the best possible professional development opportunity.

Questions About Your Submission?
If you have any questions, please contact:

CoSN Conference Program Support Staff
Amy Pettigrew

Please enter your Email address and click on the SUBMIT button.